Letter: Sanitary District 2 and lower taxes

Laura Mallay, the executive director of the organization Laura Mallay, the executive director of the organization Residents for Efficient Special Districts, with a petition in front of Hempstead's Sanitary District No. 2. Photo Credit: Kevin P Coughlin, 2011

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With all the talk of dissolving Sanitary District 2, the truth needs to be told ["Judge blocks district referendum," Aug. 30].

The taxpayer groups that seek the change claim that their actions are not meant to be "against the workers." When 81 men and women are going to lose their jobs, it's against the workers.

These groups insist that taxes are so high because of special districts. Nearly 70 percent of my tax bill is for school taxes, not special district taxes.

Residents of Sanitary District 2 need to know that the service will no longer be as good. The garbage collector you know, who helps keep your community clean, is not going to be picking up your garbage anymore. These people are your neighbors, and when they lose their jobs, your neighborhood is going to feel the impact.

Sanitary District 2 has saved taxpayers money by supplying discounted vehicle fuel to the Roosevelt and Baldwin school districts, and the South Hempstead and Baldwin fire departments. Sanitary District 2 also has graffiti cleanup, trash receptacles on main streets and curbside electronics pickup. Without all of this, expect taxes to rise.

Chris Seaman, Wantagh

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Editor's note: The writer is an employee of Sanitary District 2.

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